Belgium’s agriculture minister Willy Borsus signed a memorandum with Chinese authorities this week that could see the number of Belgian companies exporting pork meat to China increase in the next few months…Full Article: GlobalMeatNews June 2015
- Prior to June 2015, only two Belgian pork producers (18% of Belgium’s total pork output) were allowed to export China thanks to a 2009 agreement. Now (June 2015) an additional four companies will be allowed to ship pork to China starting in roughly September 2015.
- In January 2015, Finland was granted approval to export pork to China.
- In 2014, Belgium exported 696,764 MTs of pork globally, with ~39% shipped to Germany and ~23% to Poland. Combined, mainland China and Hong Kong accounted for less than one percent of Belgium’s pork exports. In 2014, mainland China imported 3,111 MTs of Belgian pork while Hong Kong imported 2,168 MTs.
- From 2013 to 2014, Belgian pork exports to Russia dropped from 15,643 MTs to 655 MTs.